When I am photographing a subject, I don’t immediately pull out my camera and start shooting away. I want my subject to know that I’m not just a photographer. I want them to talk to me as a person and become my friend, and that I happen to have a camera. In most cases (especially shooting short sessions) you have to make a 5 minute friend. Let your subject know you’re not just a photographer. There is nothing more I enjoy than to meet new people. Your subject’s comfort is number one priority, everything after that is cake! True feeling can be expressed when everyone is relaxed. The best portraits I’ve captured are when my subjects and I are connected and comfortable.
Here are a few examples.